The boat my wife used to race on as crew was a custom built 40' racing dinghy
, or pretty close. The skipper
ran with no water
and just enough fuel
to get back to the dock
to save weight.
My wife and the other woman on the 10 person crew threatened mutiny when he raised the idea of removing the head
, it killed him to just have a shower
curtain around it.
Such is the mindset of a racing
On the flip side, I learned more about sail trim and design in a short period racing than I would have in ten years cruising, even though it's not a race just a bit of tweaking can bring you returns in speed and consistency even on a lead sled cruiser with tons of gear.
I found that a good set of sails
and proper trimming paid off more than getting rid of the fuel
weight, even though I was a very mediocre racer
I learned a ton about boat handling and proper setup.
I'm not sure if PHRF ratings will help when it comes to cruising boats but I would be curious to see how some popular models stack up, I'll post mine once they get it back to me just for sh*ts and giggles to see how it stacks up, that is if they can rate it. If it's favorable maybe I'll do some beer
can racing and leave the icemaker on.
Did I mention mediocre racer
? Maybe this is my chance for glory! Or not.